We pay our respects to the Gundungurra people who are the traditional custodians of the land, whose deepening connection to culture and customs have cared for this country for over 60,000 years.
We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging for their immense spiritual connection to place which was never ceded.
Tjoritjarinja means 'belonging to the Western MacDonnell Ranges', and Ngununggula means 'belonging' in the traditional language of the Gundungurra First Nations people.
Ngununggula has partnered with Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre to exhibit new collaborative artworks by 20 Iltja Ntjarra artists and their family members alongside a selection of paintings by Albert Namatjira from the National Gallery of Australia collection.
Through watercolour landscapes, painted artefacts, drawings, and stories on silk, their artworks examine family connections using Aboriginal knowledge systems and explore how families are connected through history, place, community and ancestral stories.
The Southern Highlands Printmakers was formed in 1993, making this year their 30th anniversary. To celebrate their achievements, we invited the group to present an exhibition at Ngununggula under the theme 'belonging' alongside Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre.
The printmakers have developed new artworks interpreting portraiture, landscape and social networks, and a collective self-portrait reflecting their unique interpretation of themselves. Detailed impressions paired with tender gestures reflect feelings and a sense of reality in this artwork that truly celebrates collaboration.
Belonging | Tjoritjarinja includes 43 artists from the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre and Southern Highlands Printmakers.
Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands: Vanessa Inkamala, Hubert Pareroultja, Mervyn Rubuntja, Selma Coulthard, Ivy Pareroultja, Betty Namatjira Wheeler, Marcus Wheeler, Stanley Ebatarinja, Kathy Inkamala, Reinhold Inkamala, Benita Clements, Mandy Malbunka, Dellina Inkamala, Dianne Inkamala, Delray Inkamala, Bronwyn Lankin, Tina Malbunka, Kathleen France, Ada Lechleitner and Russell Inkamala.
Southern Highlands Printmakers: Elizabeth Atkin, Kathie Atkinson, Jenine Bailey, Gillian Baldock, Linda Bottari, Lisa Brack, Michelle Cole, Tony Deigan, Margaret Fegent, Beverly Filmer, Dorothy Freeman, Basil Hall, Liz Jeneid, Freya Jobbins, Patti Jones, Sheila Lyne, Phoebe Middleton, Lucia Parrella, Alan Purdom, Margot Rushton, Sue Shearer, Sandra Shrubb, Britta Stenmanns, Kaye Turnbull and Slavica Zivkovic.
Belonging | Tjoritjarinja is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW
Image: Albert Namatjira, Glen Helen Gorge from the south looking north, c.1955
25 March – 21 May 2023
ALBERT NAMATJIRA, ARTISTS FROM ILTJA NTJARRA MANY HANDS ART CENTRE, THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS PRINTMAKERS